There are many terms people use when describing James Blundell. Icon. Legend. Controversial. Rebel. The truth is – James Blundell is all of these things. He is unashamedly honest and comfortable in his own skin. He radiates an enthusiasm for everything that life has to offer and it’s this authenticity that makes him one of the most instantly likable and recognisable artists in Australian music.
Acknowledged by many as the act that single-handedly shaped modern Australian country music by infusing his influences of John Mellencamp, The Band and The Angels with the storytelling ethos of Slim Dusty and his lyrical insight, sharp wit and empathy for the average working man. This combined with his handsome good looks and country charm ensured there was no stopping his success across all demographics.
In 1992, James found mainstream success thanks to the smash hit single, “Way Out West”, with former Australian Crawl front man, James Reyne. The song debuted at #28 on the ARIA charts before peaking at #2 a month later. The song was ranked #22 on the ARIA End of Year Singles Charts while his platinum selling album, “This Road”, came in at #28 on the ARIA End of Year Albums Charts above acts including Madonna, AC/DC and Roxette.
James was the first young Australian country act to sign a major record label deal in Nashville, which has since paved the way for the likes of Keith Urban, Catherine Britt and Kasey Chambers. In addition to his own success he has penned hits for Lee Kernaghan, Slim Dusty and Jimmy Little. He is also the recipient of numerous CMAA Awards, double platinum, platinum and gold sales awards and is a five-time ARIA Award nominee with one win to his name.
Kirsty Lee Akers is one of Australia’s most unique and authentic recording artists. A rare talent who is proud of her First Nations heritage, she is a woman of the Wonnarua Nation (Hunter Valley – Australia). Akers describes herself as a fusion of country and Americana, with pop stylings. She has embraced a global musical culture and now spends her time between Australia and a hard-earned international touring schedule in North America and Europe. Although she spends time overseas during the year, Australia will always be her spiritual home.
“Music and family have always been the most important parts of my life. My Nan, Mum, and Aunt were all singers, and I grew up with my pop playing country music all the time. I still remember my first performance at age three. I was hooked!” – Kirsty Lee Akers
Left of Centre(LOC) boasts the experience of seasoned professional musicians. LOC are a 3 piece line up consisting of electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, vocals & harmonies making the band adapt to a wide range of musical genre from top 40, country, reggae, pub rock, classics and all your favourite party tracks. Each band member has many years of live music experience playing in a variety of musical acts and shows which when put together make up a very exciting, entertaining musical group.
The band has performed at 100’s of weddings, private functions, birthday parties and corporate events not including numerous performances at local resorts & live music venues in and around the Whitsundays.
Kieran is a professional Solo Entertainer. It has been his full-time occupation for 33 years.
He has played in venues all over Australia ranging from 5-star Resorts to Rock and Roll Pubs. His repertoire is huge and varied which allows him to cater to a wide range of audiences. He plays guitar, sings, and uses electronic drum loops.
Kieran has written and recorded 7 albums all of which have been successful. All 7 albums are available on Spotify. He has won numerous songwriting awards and was a finalist in Tamworth’s Songwriter in 1993 and a Star Maker finalist in 1994. In 2015 he was presented by his peers with a trophy celebrating 25 years of original music in the Whitsundays
Kieran is based in Airlie Beach which is the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on the tropical Queensland coast of Australia.
He works regular nights along Airlie’s tourist strip and Island resorts.
The Australian Buddy Holly show is a dynamic portrayal of an authentic rock n roll legend, starring Kris Knight as Buddy who recreates the hiccupping vocal and swooping voice of one of popular music’s most loved icons performs all of Buddy’s hits including RAVE ON, OH BOY, PEGGY SUE, MAYBE BABY, as well as his slower ballads including EVERYDAY, RAINING IN MY HEART and HEARTBEAT.
Kris has performed in JAPAN, MALAYSIA, THAILAND, NORFOLK ISLAND, NEW CALEDONIA, and most recently in a 6 week tour of NEW ZEALAND, and while in New Zealand featured on TVNZ GOOD MORNING SHOW
This year Kris was one of the headline acts at the annual Cooly Rocks festival supporting international touring show Forever Everly, and headlining with his own show at the Viva Surfers Paradise tribute festival.,receiving standing ovations from the capacity crowd in the beachside grand marquee.
Kris tours with his band The Kricketts this talented group open the show with some of rock n rolls most favorite songs and the audience can’t help but sing along to these infectious favorites.
This show is made for dancing, whether it is in the aisles or on a dance floor, audience members can’t seem to stay in their seats, and Buddy and the band encourage them all the way, with a musical journey that leads them through some forgotten classics and puts a live slant on some familiar favorites.
All the songs are played live as they were, and as they should be like it was in 1959. What you hear is what you get, straight up, all the vocal harmonies recreated live, no computer enhancements, no miming to a vocal track, ‘It’s what separates our show from other shows, we are totally in the moment, every sound is ours, so we have to concentrate all night and we have to listen to each other and balance the sound between us, this only comes from practice, we have to know each other, you cant do that with a scratch band put together for the gig ‘
As one venue manager said ‘the only problem with this show, is they didn’t want the night to end, and wouldn’t leave.’
Dab some brycreem on your hair, put on your dancing shoes, and get ready cause THE Australian Buddy Holly Show is coming to town.
Derek Boyer Australia’s Strongest Strength Athlete – 15 years undefeated, returns for the 2021 Outback Festival. Derek first visit to the Outback Festival was in 2005 and has competed over a number of years at the event.
Derek has set a number of Guinness World records at the Outback Festival
including flipping a 500kg car 10 times in a time 2 mins and 52 seconds
Pulling a 80 tonne roadtrain prime-mover complete with 40 foot livestock trailers with a total combination length of 63.30 mtrs a length of 2.89 metres.
Leg pressing a roadtran weight 96.68 tonne for a distance of 1.50 metres in a time of 9 minutes and 55.58 seconds
At the 2021 Outback Festival Derek Boyer will lift and carry a 190kg V8 Motor over a 20 metre course to set a new Guinness World Record. Also, Derek will attempt to lift the backend of a 4WD twin cab vehicle loaded with passengers.
Baala Baajo blends a lifetime of African music and cultural experiences, presented by accomplished musicians – Nii Armah from Ghana, West Africa and Sam Okoth from Kenya.
The musical performances of this dynamic and passionate duo, feature original plus traditional & contemporary soulful rhythms, beautiful vocals and high energy percussion.
After first meeting each other in Brisbane, Australia – Sam and Nii Armah have spent almost twenty years together, perfecting their beautiful blend of African drums and string instruments, intertwined with the cultural influences they both bring from their East and West African homelands. As Baala Baajo, they have performed throughout Australia and internationally and have also won several awards for their talents.
As highly experienced teachers of their crafts – they will also provide a number of interactive African drumming workshops – welcoming people of all ages to come and join in the fun – NO experience required!
Well known for their energy, humour and exuberance, Baala Baajo will take you on an uplifting and soulful journey!
Ben Ransom… Powerful vocals, Infectious melodies…Incredible live performer!
“BEN RANSOM has all the hallmarks of a classic artist and performer”
“He is a powerhouse of entertainment with wild stage antics and immensely enjoyable songs that transcend the Country genre…he continuously delivers a smoking hot and energetic live show!”
Hailing from Brisbane Australia, The Woodman and his all star band recreate the magic of Mr John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Performing over 2 hours of hits from the voice of the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s in this vibrant stage performance. They will take you back to the greatest period of Rock and Roll, portraying the CCR blend of cajun country swamp rock such as Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Centrefield, Down on the Corner, Fortunate Son, and many more.
Sing and dance along to this energy-filled event that represents the band and the man who have sold over 40 million albums and single-handedly defined the 60’s generation.
No other show comes as close, beware of imitations.
Juzzie Smith is a ridiculously talented One-man band, based in Byron Bay Australia. Juzzie’s unique style is bluesy/folk mixed into a groove of its own. Marked by an amazing ability to play up to six instruments at once combining the Guitar, harmonica and juggling percussion. Juzzie Smith has had the honour of performing to both international and national crowds from Byron Bay Blues Festival to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, sharing his raw warm vocals with a simple message of loving life. With over 150 million views on social media and topping the Blues iTunes charts around the world Juzzie Smith is an act you won’t want to miss.
The Memphis Moovers have been doing their “thing” since 1997 and have gathered themselves a great reputation amongst shows, festivals and events throughout Queensland, New South Wales and beyond.
The Memphis Moovers provide live stage entertainment, but most event goers know them for their unique brand of roving entertainment. It’s the ‘big red hats’, the ‘big shoes’ and of course the novelty roving cars used to ‘deliver the tunes’ that stand out in any crowd. This talented bunch of performers ‘moove’ the audience, providing a unique touch of WOW factor while creating a fun atmosphere at any event.
The Memphis Moovers have done stage productions for the Queensland Arts Council and they perform at many clubs, hotels and corporate functions across the state.
Performing a big variety of music from the 50’s to the 00’s, the Memphis Moovers are comfortable covering a variety of music genres from rock ‘n’ roll, country, blues, rock, pop and more. Don’t be surprised to hear the Memphis Moovers go from Carol King’s ‘Its Too Late’ to ACDC’s ‘Long Way to the Top’ to Bill Hayley’s ‘Flip Flop n Fly’ to Lady Ga Ga’s ‘Poker Face’, they squeeze it all into a great day/night of awesome entertainment and musicianship.
The Memphis Moovers Roving Duo features Valerie Edwards on lead vocals and David Hastie on saxophone/guitar/vocals. See them perform Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th September, various locations at the Outback Festival, Winton.
Pixie’s fiddle playing is uniquely Australian, and with his amazing energy, storytelling and humour, he has become one of the most recognisable artists in the industry. He’s also one of Australia’s most eclectic and talented entertainers, playing roots, bluegrass and Irish folk styles with incredible dexterity and finesse.
Pixie has been a support artist and toured and recorded for some of the biggest names in the world, Bob Dylan to Cher; Jimmy Barnes to John Williamson and has been a studio musician on the recordings of 100s of other artists.
He is a multiple Australian Country Music ‘Golden Guitar’ awards winner and John Williamson has stated that “Pixie Jenkins is the greatest fiddler Australia has produced”.
Over his life he has also performed on stage in theatrical and musical productions with people like Normie Rowe and Jackie Love in productions such as Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma and South Pacific.
Pixie is often referred to as an ‘Icon’ (The Australian 2011) and a “living legend’.